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There is a myth here in British Columbia that our rivers and lakes provide limitless, clean water.

And that may have once been the case for much of the province. But, due to resource extraction, poor water management and climate change, many communities are facing serious water shortages in the coming years.

We’ll be talking to people all over the province to find out about the challenges facing their local watersheds and what can be done to solve them.

This is the Freshwater Stream, a podcast about B.C.’s watersheds and the people who care about them.

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Episode 1: Dr. Shannon Waters in the Cowichan


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Transcript

Danielle Paydli

I’m Danielle Paydli and this is the Freshwater Stream, a podcast about B.C.’s watersheds, and the people who care about them.

There is a myth here in British Columbia that our rivers and lakes provide limitless, clean water. And certainly, that was once the case in much of the province. But, due to resource extraction, poor water management and climate change, many communities are facing serious water shortages in the coming years.

We’ll be talking to people all over the province to find out about the challenges facing their local watersheds and what can be done to solve them.

Shannon McPhail

Our government is the biggest threat to our watershed right now. It's their decisions that are permitting the massive amounts of ridiculous clear-cut practices, the wasting of wood out in the bush, the permitting of massive LNG terminals and salmon estuaries and pipelines across unseeded territories.

We want solutions for our own family, like people who support pipelines, and people who fight them are actually doing it for the same reason. We just want a future for our families.

You think about the economies that support this watershed, wild salmon contribute $110 million each and every year. 

Dr. Shannon Waters

As for food security for people whose jobs or incomes are, tied to the river, for, cultural or recreational practices for, physical fitness, there's so many ways that we're connected, which I don't think we really label and value in the same way and within the health system. 

As an Indigenous woman, thinking about how I think of my home territory, and how it nourishes me, I just think, especially in times of crisis, we cannot undervalue. We need to focus on and value our environment as part of our health system as part of something that keeps us well.

Danielle Paydli

As British Columbians, we love our rivers. We love our watersheds.

Community Member 1

And it brings life to the people, the earth. The Skeena is how the land breaths.

Community Member 2

I am Gitxen. I am the Skeena.

Community Member 3

The Cowichan is of vital importance because it provides the water that recharges the aquifer that supplies the wonderful, clean drinking water for most residents of the Cowichan Valley.

Community Member 4

A place to live, a place to play and a place to even get your food from.

Community Member 5

She is Mother Earth's artery into our traditional territory. She is the source of life.

Community Member 6

The river runs through our community and holds us together. Supports our salmon and our way of life. It makes us who we are.

Danielle Paydli

Come travel across this great province with us. Learn more and listen to the stories of your neighbours and their neighbours at freshwaterstream.ca or wherever you listen to podcasts.


Freshwater in B.C. needs your help. Please donate today to support our work and help protect your local watershed.

The Freshwater Stream is a collaborative effort between the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, CodeBlue BC and Watershed Watch Salmon Society.